Not sure what to expect during your annual wellness exam? You’re not alone! Here are some guidelines for your annual that are based on your age and gender. Check out this blog post for more info on what to expect during your Bridgercare visit!

Annual Exams for Women

For ages twenty and under, your provider may listen to your heart and lungs and feel your thyroid. Your birth control method can be reviewed, as well as routine STI screening. You can discuss healthy lifestyle choices with your provider and ask questions about your health.

It is recommended that pap smear begin at age 21. Pap smears are a method for cervical cancer screening that test for potentially pre-cancerous cells on the cervix. A pap smear requires a brief pelvic exam, and a sample of surface cells will be taken by your provider lightly brushing the cervix. A breast exam may be performed and a self-breast exam can be taught. Your provider may listen to your heart and lungs, and feel your thyroid. STI screening is routine during annuals, as is discussing and renewing prescriptions. You can discuss healthy lifestyle choices with your provider and ask questions about your health.

 

Annual Exams for Men

During an annual exam for men, your provider may listen to your heart and lungs, and feel your thyroid. A testicular exam can be included, and a self-testicular exam can be taught. STI screening is routine during a wellness exam, as well as renewal of certain prescriptions. You can discuss healthy lifestyle choices with your provider and ask questions about your health.

 

Annual Wellness Exams for Gender Non-conforming/Transgender Individuals

Bridgercare is a welcoming space for transgender or gender nonconforming individuals, and your pronouns and name will be used as you direct. Bridgercare provider Sue Dolan, PA-C, has several years experience prescribing and managing hormone therapy for patients age 18+. She is accepting new patients. During an annual wellness exam, you can discuss healthy lifestyle choices, options concerning hormone therapy, and any questions concerning your health. STI screening is routine with annual wellness exams, as is discussion and renewal of prescriptions. Your physicl exam will be tailored by your anatomy. Your provider may listen to your heart and lungs and your thyroid, and may recommend testing and screening for the body parts that you have. If undergoing hormone therapy, your provider may recommend blood tests to assess hormone levels and your body’s reaction to the medication. Please call the front desk at (406) 587-0681 to schedule your appointment.